# What’s Left?

Use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw a favorite food. Then erase it, piece by piece! Are you using fractions? Subtraction? Percentages? Proportions? Algebra? Division?

• 1.

Work with a small group of your classmates to choose a favorite food, such as pizza or an orange that can be divided into sections.

• 2.

On a large sheet of drawing paper, use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw the food. Draw lines to divide it evenly into sections or slices.

• 3.

Now, use the Erasable Colored Pencils to take turns erasing the food, section by section. Each time you erase a section, write at least one way to mathematically represent what you did. For example, if you start with 10 pieces, and erase 2, you might write 10 –2 = 8, or 2/10 = 1/5, or 20% is gone (or 80% is left). Use addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication to show your calculations. How many different ways can you express the action mathematically?

• 4.

Fill your paper with equations, fractions, and other mathematical statements each time you erase another piece.

## Benefits

• Children work cooperatively to make decisions about their math project.
• Students draw a favorite food and divide it into sections.
• Children write mathematical statements to express how erasing sections of their work demonstrates subtraction, division, and other mathematical ideas.